The Ohio State University at Newark

Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes holds a PhD in Comparative Literature (Emory University, 2003) and teaches a range of courses in literary theory, American literature to 1865, and nineteenth-century continental literature.

His research concerns the intersection of ethics and aesthetics in art, literature, and continental philosophy. His articles have appeared in Arizona Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, Diacritics, Differences, and elsewhere. His monograph, Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Beyond of Language (SUNY Press, 2010), considers how and why American Romantic writers and contemporary continental post-Romantic writers so often turn to art when they wish to write about ethics. His co-edited book, After Lacan: Clinical Practice and the Subject of the Unconscious (SUNY Press, 2002), is a well-received collection of essays theorizing the Lacanian clinic.

He has two current book projects, one entitled Badiou and the Event of Art and the other Rip Unsettled: Reflecting on the Uncanny with Heidegger, Lacan, Nancy, and Van Winkle. Figures of continuing fascination for Dr. Hughes include, on the American side, Charles Brockden Brown, Washington Irving, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. On the continental side, he has, in the last five years, translated, presented, and/or published on the work of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Lacan, Jean-François Lyotard, Jean-Luc Nancy, Alain Badiou, Luce Irigaray, Jacques Rancière, and Bernard Stiegler.

Dr. Hughes is coordinator of the Lacan Study Group, affiliated with the Humanities Institute at Ohio State University and reading Lacan's Seminar X: Anxiety for 2018-2019.

Areas of Expertise

American Literature to 1865

Philiosophical Aesthetics

Twentieth-Century and Contemporary French Philosophy

Psychoanalytic Theory

Nineteenth-Century European Literature


PhD, Emory University, 2003